“Guess what, Cheryl? I’m in a play!”

“Let me guess? Are you acting or a prop?”

“Haha, very funny. I’m going to be Dorothy Gale! Betty is directing at the Senior Center.”

“Wait a minute, Ethel. Dorothy is a young girl? Why in the hell are you playing her, won’t that seem a little weird? And, how are you going to remember all those lines, you can’t remember a grocery list.”

“You’re going to cue me, Cheryl. I’ll look young, because everyone else is way older. I’m the star, it’s my chance to shine.”

“Just don’t break the Spotlight, Ethel!”

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This week’s photo prompt is from Kent Bonham… check out his blog for the real story of the lights.  To see other Friday Fictioneers stories, head over to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog. 

28 responses

  1. Aww poor Ethel! I’m sure she’ll do just a fine job as Dorothy. A great story that reminds us it’s never too late to chase our dreams! 🙂

  2. Way to go, Ted, good luck.

  3. More from Ethel and Cheryl – love this one. Reminds me of visits to the local playhouse years ago; whoever did the make-up always tried to make the women look younger and failed, it added to the enjoyment somehow!
    Hope Ethel’s star keeps on shining bright!

  4. Nice little flash, Ted. I love how these two spar together

  5. Attention!!! Attention!!! We are currently looking for a new star to play the role of Dorothy Gale. Ethel has resigned because Betty, the director, has substituted Toto with her boxer dog, Maggie!!! 😆

  6. What Betty said! Ha ha. It’s never too late to be the star of the show. I enjoyed this, Ted.

  7. Aww poor Ethel, do I sense a youthful spirit within? 🙂 I quite enjoyed this story, and the fact that everyone deserves at least one break. Well done.

  8. Dear Ted,

    I can just hear Cheryl and Ethel. I’m envisioning this senior citizen’s production of Wizard of Oz and chuckling. It’s going to bring the house down. Hope no one truly breaks a leg. 😉 One of my favorites this week.



  9. LOL hilarious. i’m so buying tickets to see this play! 🙂

  10. This is both sweet … but a little bittersweet… I wish for the best for Ethel

  11. Awww, I’m rooting for Ethel all the way! It’s good to be passionate about something, and I’m glad Ethel isn’t letting doubt bring her down. Funny dialogue too!

  12. I love it! Especially: ‘are you acting or a prop’ – very funny 😀

  13. well done. smooth to the last drop.

  14. Helena Hann-Basquiat | Reply

    Everyone else is way older? OH, I can’t wait to see this senior citizen’s production of the Wizard of Oz. Are they going to do the Jitterbug?

  15. with the way they bantered, that could have been fred and ethel instead of cheryl and ethel. well done!

  16. I agree with Rich. The banter was very realistic and snarky. As for age, you’ve illustrated why it’s all relative!


  17. Cheryl’s funny, but I feel for Ethel. I’d hope my ‘friend’ would be more supportive and share my excitement. I love the comment about her looking young because everyone else was way older. I’m off to find myself some ‘old’ friends, now 🙂

  18. Great to see Ethel and Cheryl! But C is such a b. ‘Are you acting or are you a prop?’ – such a cutting line. Lots of fun as ever with this pair.

  19. I love your characters. And humour, as usual. And good on Ethel. I’m 63 tomorrow and made my solo debut singing Mozart at 61. I’m not dead until I’m incinerated.

  20. They are good friends.That’s nice. My first exposure to them, I think.

  21. Acting or a prop–funny line. It sounds like they’re going to have a great time with this play.

  22. Love Cheryl and Ethel. They always bring a smile 🙂

  23. Haha! Love the dialog between the two. I could just see Betty White as either of them. Cleverly written!

  24. Really funny. I hope Ethel is a success and Cheryl is supportive. In old age you need your friends. I also loved that line about being a “prop”. Well-written story. 🙂

  25. Clever, well done dialogue, that tells a bittersweet story. Nice job!

  26. I love the light touch of humour, and the bounce of the dialogue. I can visualise these characters on stage. A great piece.

  27. I love those two. Period.

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